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Taliban, al Qaeda member killed in Afghanistan

By the CNN Wire Staff
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Abu Baqir was one of two insurgents killed
  • Two other insurgents were wounded and detained at a hospital

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- A Taliban "sub-commander" and al Qaeda group leader was killed Sunday after a coalition force air weapons team targeted his truck, the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said Monday.

Abu Baqir was one of two insurgents killed in the strike, which took place after the air weapons team saw them attacking a police station in Aliabad, Afghanistan, ISAF said in a statement. "The air weapons team tracked the insurgents from the police station and when they determined no civilians were in the area, they engaged the truck," the statement said.

Baqir was reportedly housing four potential suicide bombers for upcoming attacks on the city of Kunduz, ISAF said.

Other insurgents were wounded in the strike. Two were later detained at a hospital, the statement said.

In December 2009, White House National Security Adviser James Jones told CNN's "The Situation Room" that fewer than 100 members of al Qaeda were operating in Afghanistan.

"The maximum estimate is less than 100 operating in the country," he said. "No bases. No ability to launch attacks on either us or our allies."